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Engraving (Used for Copying) from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, c.1839

Inventory Number: 66931
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Engraving, vertical format: lady resting her hand on a balustrade, looking to right. The print is attached to a sheet of mica, and probably varnished, making it a copper colour by reflected light and yellow by transmitted light. The mica shows residue of adhesive, and striations. Broken in two pieces as a result of the delicate brittleness of the mica and embrittlement of the paper by the adhesive or varnish. Both pieces have additional cracks. The print thus represents an experiment in creating an improved test object or (indirectly) negative (compare 50435, 92259, and also 27282). The negative photograph 52054 may have been made from it, and is also oiled.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Provenance: Presented by Miss Herschel and Lady Lubbock in 1928. They were the two surviving and youngest children of Sir John Herschel (Francisca and Constance).
Collection Group: Herschel's Photographic Experiments
Material(s): Paper
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
109 87 mm


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